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Control yourself! : How is state self-control related to anxiety and trait self-control in students?

Daniel, F. (2021) Control yourself! : How is state self-control related to anxiety and trait self-control in students?

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Abstract:This study aimed at investigating the interaction between anxiety and self-control, especially with focussing on their trait and state distinction. Therefore, 35 university students were followed for 15 days, using the experience sampling method to collect state data. To gather trait data, the Brief Self Control Scale and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale were used. Results showed that trait and state self-control are positively correlated, state self-control and state anxiety are negatively correlated, and that state self-control can better be predicted by one’s trait anxiety, than their state anxiety. It was also found that people with high trait self-control exhibit noteworthy stable levels of state self-control, whereas people with low trait self-control show stronger fluctuations in their state self-control levels. Further, the sample experienced high anxiety levels. The study found need to investigate if a study itself has an impact on the sample as conducting a study conscientiously might influence low self-controlled individuals. Another future implication addresses the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on self-control and anxiety in students.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/87408
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